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From the monthly archives:

April 2013

Palestine Today -- Guest, Rabeea Eid, the Palestinian who heckled President Obama

Our guest today is Rabeea Eid, who is the Palestinian who heckled President Obama, during his speech in Jerusalem, last March. The US media inaccurately reported what Rabeea said -- Rabeea will clarify today. Read the rest of entry »

The Boston Bombing -- Here We Go Again, But Not The Way You Think

Discuss the Boston Bombing -- the suspects and open phones at the half hour. Read the rest of entry »

Palestine Today -- Harry Fear interviews two Palestinians and guest UN Special Rapporteur, Richard Falk

Today, we hear interviews conducted by British journalist and filmmaker, Harry Fear, with 2 Palestinian women and our guest is UN Special Rapporteur, Richard Falk, who will discuss Palestinians in Israeli prisons. Read the rest of entry »

Prof. Robert Jensen Talks About His Book: Arguing for Our Lives -- a Primer on Critical Thinking

We live in a time when public discourse is more skewed than ever by the propaganda that big money can buy, with trust in the leadership of elected officials at an all-time low. In this lively primer on critical thinking, Robert Jensen attacks the problems head-on. He shares strategies on how to challenge "conventional wisdom" in order to confront the crises of our times, and offers a framework for channeling our fears and frustrations into productive analysis that can inform constructive action. Jensen connects abstract ideas with the everyday political and spiritual struggles of ordinary people. Free of either academic or political jargon, Jensen's book and message is for anyone struggling to understand our world and contribute to making it a better place.

Robert Jensen is a professor in the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin and author of a number of books including Citizens of the Empire: The Struggle to Claim Our Humanity. He lives in Austin, TX.
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Palestine Today

Updates from Harry Fear, who is in Gaza, interview with a young Palestinian woman and request for donations, to keep the show going -- our sponsors have only funded a finite number of shows. Read the rest of entry »

Former LAPD Deputy Chief, Stephen Downing says, "We need an exit strategy to the War on Drugs

Stephen Downing began his twenty-year police career in a squad car and finished as a deputy chief of police. As Commander of the Bureau of Special Investigations at one point, the Administrative Narcotics Division was one of the divisions within his scope of authority. His vast experience in law enforcement has led him to the conclusion that the War on Drugs can never be worth the human and fiscal costs.

Stephen entered the LAPD in 1960 and spent twelve years assigned to operations in South Central Los Angeles. He is a veteran of the Watts riot and its aftermath, which gave birth to the first community-based policing programs in the country. His assignments covered a wide range of specializations including patrol, criminal investigation, narcotics, vice and organized crime intelligence. Among the many commands held in the LAPD, his most memorable include: Captain of Detectives, where he established homicide investigation techniques still in use today; Commanding Officer of Juvenile Division, where he established and published a file that brought an end to abuses in state probation subsidy programs; and Commanding Officer of Southwest Area, where he designed and implemented the first functionally integrated police operation in law enforcement aimed at combating gang activity - a program that became a national model. As a staff officer Stephen was involved in reorganizing the LAPD from a centralized functional organization to a decentralized line organization.

After twenty years in law enforcement witnessing the futility of our current drug laws, Stephen has concluded that this approach just isn't working. He explains, "We need an exit strategy to the War on Drugs. We keep trying to to stop addicts from shooting up or potheads from taking a toke by building more and more prisons to stuff with people, while human and fiscal costs skyrocket. We need a new approach."

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Palestine Today, with guest, Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh

Latest updates from Palestine, with Yousef Al Helo, discussing latest airstrikes and Prof. Mazin Qumsiyeh for the interview. Read the rest of entry »

Author, Rich Forer, Offers a New Perspective into the Israel-Palestine Conflict: An Inward Journey

Though not a religious Jew, Rich Forer had been a loyal defender of Israeli policy all his life and zealously supported Israel's 2006 invasion of Lebanon. In response to what he perceived as growing global anti-Semitism, he became a member of AIPAC, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Angry that two of his most trusted friends resisted his views and surprised that a long-time Jewish friend would suggest that his opinions were not as factually based as he assumed, Forer began an intensive study of the history of the Israel-Palestine conflict, determined to discover the facts for himself.

With an uncompromising commitment to the truth, he went far beyond his original intention, even challenging his very identity. Reaching into the depths of himself, in a remarkable moment he underwent a spontaneous spiritual transformation in which he awoke to his true identity, beyond the limits of the ego and its enforced loyalties.

Feeling how his attachment to Israel had blinded him to the human dimension of the conflict and had led him to reject the other in a heartless way, Forer realized that the true root of conflict is one's presumed identity and the beliefs and images that emanate from and reinforce that identity, and that these presumptions are false and unnecessary. He discovered that in Truth we are all Muslim and Jewish, Palestinian and Israeli. Forer had recognized the heart of Judaism, which embraces the Universal and identifies with all of humanity.

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